Degard

Painting portraits of the rich and famous was a practical necessity prior to photography. Artists gained vital patronage from royalty, military leaders, prominent families and institutions. Photography has superseded the skill of representation that artists and only artists then provided. Degard’s work explores the power of celebrity as icons of our time inspired by their Aura Pure (AP). The AP surrounds an individual, is part of an individual and is created by that individual. It is the whole person as one is truly needed to be known and understood. The AP may contain information about the way people are living their lives today. It is determined by their current health, lifestyle, their personality, relationships, passions, attitudes, strengths, weaknesses, moods, thoughts as well as beliefs and identity. It is their tangible and intangible selfhood made visible. It can show the truth of moments in people’s lives which have defined them and their direction. The paintings of the AP are the equivalent of a time-lapse video eg if one photographs a plant for say a year and took all those photos and laid them on top of each other to arrive at the sum total of the plants being this is the appearance of the AP that Degard is painting. Effectively the AP is akin to an aetheric cubism (where height, width, depth at different angles are painted together) and the AP adds the dimensions of time and the aetheric. Her study of the cult of celebrity naturally draws on the work of the founder of Pop Art, Andy Warhol, who explored the inter-play between mass production and the self, positing...

Ian Phillips

Ian Phillips, PhD Educator, Consultant and Facilitator Substantive strategic leadership and organisation learning and experiences Skills in Executive Coaching and Leadership Development and Assessment Centres Expertise in action inquiry (appreciating self identity naturally includes neighbourhood) PERSONAL INFORMATION As an educator, consultant and facilitator I have significant standing with more than 25 years of combined training, senior strategic leadership and organisational learning and development experiences. I also have substantive expertise in education, leadership development and equality diversity and inclusion. It is these diverse professional experiences and expertise that underpin my successful and high impact consultancy, coaching, facilitation and pedagogy. I have worked with colleagues in higher education establishments, training institutions and learning and development departments supporting staff at all levels in public, private and not for profit organisations in the UK and internationally to positive collaborative effect. Additionally, I have expert facilitation skills, including the facilitation of action learning sets, and clarity of approaches and methodologies used when working with very senior individuals and teams. I have a Ph.D. in Action Research and Management Studies (Bath University UK), and is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) of the Institute of Consulting. I have a high reputation for expertise in participatory approaches to development solutions, employing appreciative inquiry approaches, self-management techniques and empowerment methodology in helping individuals, teams, organisations and communities build capacity. I am a national award winning facilitator of best in class leadership development programmes, public sector programmes and equality, diversity and inclusion programmes. I am also an international award winner for short story writing and was recently honoured with a community award as a leadership developer and for outstanding contribution to community...
Roy Reynolds

Roy Reynolds

Rev Roy Reynolds Rev Roy Reynolds Rev Roy Reynolds is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister in his 28th year of spiritual and pastoral service. He is credentialed as an Accredited Interim Minister, and as a fellow of the School of Spiritual Psychology, that contemplatively practices creative communion with the Earth as a Spiritual Being. Roy resides in Atlanta, GA, with Jean Lamer, his life partner of 35 years. His professional services focus on providing individual spiritual mentoring, growing small spiritual practice groups—Companioning Circles—and leading worship and giving healing talks devoted especially to the challenges of our stressed planet and society. He is developing a guidebook for Companioning Circles. His companioning ministry seeks to awaken humanity to a new vision of hope through “Ways of Opening.” His relational vision is bringing forth new possibilities for “growing beloved community.” Contact: royreyn@bellsouth.net Personal website:...
June Boyce Tillman

June Boyce Tillman

June Boyce-Tilllman The Rev Professor June Boyce-Tilllman The Rev Professor June Boyce-Tillman MBE 2014-17 I read music at Oxford University. I taught for twenty-five years in London schools and then in higher education. I have published widely on music education, with a forthcoming book on spirituality and music education with perspectives from three continents.  My doctoral research into children’s musical development has been translated into five languages. I am Professor of Applied Music at the University of Winchester and artistic convenor of the Winchester Centre for the Arts as Well-being. I have supervised a number of research projects in this area and have lectured widely including the Association of Irish Choral Directors on Inclusive Choirs, at Limerick University, Music and Mindfulness at the international Society for Music Education in Brazil, a performative lecture on Singing and Memory Loss at Southampton and Winchester universities in the UK, Concordia University, Chicago and North West University. South Africa. I have talked on radical musical inclusion in performance in Estonia and Urbana Illinois. I am Director of the Tavener Centre for Music and Spirituality and spoken and written widely on this subject, including a keynote for the International hymn society conference in Cambridge, on music for the Passion in Poole, on post secularism in Lithuania, on sexuality in Croydon, Yorkshire, Urbana, on Sir John Tavener in Oxford, on music and the spiritual experience in the British Association for Spirituality in Manchester, Riga university, Helsinki University of the Arts,  in the International Society for Music Education in Glasgow and the Netherlands and the Nepal Music Centre.  There was a study day in the area...